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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/10/2020.

Library Assistant Apprentice

Job Reference: 432-HR9191

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Education and Training
Colchester, Colchester
National minimum wage for apprentices (depending u

We are one of the largest organisation in the Eastern region. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

We want the best staff. You want to make a difference.

Library Assistant ApprenticeAn exciting opportunity as arisen for a Library Assistant Apprentice to join the ESNEFT Evidence and Library Services team, based at Colchester Hospital. This is a 2 year fixed term contract, with the opportunity to progress to a substantive position on successful completion of the apprenticeship qualification. We welcome applications from individuals wishing to become an Apprentice and gain experience of working within a library environment and within the NHS. You will develop new skills and knowledge whilst working with an established team gaining valuable work experience and a recognized apprenticeship qualification.


Duties (performed under supervision)

    • Staff the library issue desk and be the initial contact for visitors, providing excellent customer service.
    • Provide administrative support to the Library team.
    • Issue, renew and reserve books using the Library Management System.
    • Manage inter-library loan requests.
  • Provide an enquiry service to all library users, helping them to find the information and resources they need. This could be in person, by telephone, email or post.
  • Assist with marketing and promotional activities.

What does the apprenticeship involve? This is a full time post of 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. During your apprenticeship, you will be enrolled with an education provider and will be required to complete your Library, information & archive services assistant apprenticeship Level 3 within the duration of the placement. There will be a work-based structured learning programme to follow with support from your manager and mentor. You will be supported to do this with 20% of your weekly hours as off-the-job learning opportunity. You may be required to visit the library service based in Ipswich Hospital. Eligibility Criteria:All applicants must be:

  • Aged 16+
  • Must NOT be in any form of formal government-funded education
  • You can hold a degree but not in the area of which the Apprenticeship aligns with

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is willing to learn and passionate about the role of libraries and evidence based healthcare.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameDeborah Lepley BA(Hons) MCLIPJob titleLibrary Services LeadEmail addressDeborah.lepley@esneft.nhs.ukTelephone number01206 742146

This vacancy is open to all applicants, although priority will be given to exisiting NHS At Risk employees working in Essex and Suffolk who meet the essential criteria (excluding all medical recruitment).

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Tier 2 Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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